“Look, this what has happened to those we relied on and fled to for help to rescue us from the king of Assyria! Now, how will we escape” (Isaiah 20.6)?
The LORD spoke through Isaiah and warned His people of the exile to come at the hands of the Assyrians. The prophet became a personal object lesson. He went before the people stripped and barefoot to indicate that the Israelites would suffer the same dismay, shame, and humiliation. As a matter of fact, even those they relied upon would suffer the same fate, namely Egypt and Cush. The reasoning of the chapter is abundantly clear: If these greater nations that we relied upon are humiliated by Assyria, how shall we escape?
Israel neglected their chief duty in glorifying God because they would not trust Him. They willfully put His Word out of their minds and drifted away. This same neglect is the problem believers face in America this very day. We have drifted away.
The writer of Hebrews reasoned that Christians need to pay attention to the great salivation they have from the Lord Jesus. Our deep struggles and spiritual problems are caused by neglect. We neglect the Word. We neglect prayer. We neglect worship with God’s people. We neglect opportunities to grow. What happens as a result? We drift.
How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? We won’t. We will suffer humiliation and shame. We shall be dismayed as our Father corrects and disciplines us. Don’t lose interest in what God has given you. Familiarity often breeds contempt. Don’t let it. Dive deep into your salvation today. Be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the LORD!